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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I like to ride my bicycle... bag on: January 23, 2008 10:34:37 AM
Actually, I haven't ridden a bike in probably five or so years...

Anyway, I made this bag for a silent auction my sister is planning for something charity/ jamaica mission trip/ whatever it's going for. The point is I have to give this beauty away! ack! I'm just going to have to bid on it and buy it back.

I rarely get inspired to make bags anymore, and I actually like this one - if anyone else bids on it, they'd better watch out!


I really like contrasting colors... as you can tell.

close up! buttons! ruffles! magic!

more of a close up!  I actually cut out this bike from some bike fabric and went over it all in black machine stitching, then with the sproles (I just made up that term) I used random colors of hand stitching.

The blue fabric was actually an old cardigan - I was excited because it changed after I ironed it (100% acrylic- if that means anything), and now it's smooth and nice.
The inside is just some black sanin-y material with a zipper pocket and a regular side pocket.
The bike fabric was actually white, and I painted it that pinkish color - now I think I would have liked white better. oh well.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Faces dress avec little ruffles on: January 18, 2008 11:17:35 AM
So, I found this amazing fabric at a craft sale and have been itching to make something with it.  I have been dreaming about this pattern for a while - does anyone else do this?  I get an image in my mind and then I think about all the steps, all that could go wrong, and I plan it out in my head - until I can't stand it any more and I have to make it.  I really shouldn't have made this yet because this would be perfect fabric to make a dress for my cousin.. but I couldn't help it.  oops!

C'est voila:

POCKETS (secret)!

Faces on the fabric:

Close up of the mini-ruffle.

My favorite part (and my mother's least favorite) - the bright blue zipper!

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / French Patternmaker dress on: August 03, 2007 02:35:52 PM
So... I went to France this summer, and returned with some beautiful sheer floral fabric.  I knew I wanted to make a dress out of it, but i was unsure of how make the top of the dress look, because i was bored with the plain scoop or straight neck dresses i have been making.  So I went to the store that gives me the most inspiration for dresses - anthropologie - and lo and behold!- i found a lovely one.


- wow that's a long link
anyways here's how it turned out.

the green and black fabric i used wasn't from france - good ol' Hancock.
Oh- here's the top portion... the work of the devil.  I had to cut the black cotton in the curved shape of each scoop and do other tedious things with it to make it look how i liked. ack. ack.

Et ici est the fabric from France.  The stripes on the fabric made the pleating look very nice.


Oh - incase you looked too closely at the anthropologie dress - the back of the dress does not have those circle scoops, it's just plain straps.

So.. there's the beauty.  I hope you enjoyed it.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Face Purse (Man or woman?) on: May 02, 2006 01:02:03 PM
Here's the story:  I lost my favoritepursethatwentwitheverything purse over spring break and was pretty bummed out. Soooo... when I got home I decided I needed to make a new purse (and finally had an excuse to make one for myself), and I got inspired and came up with this:

The face was originally supposed to be a woman, but the features aren't very feminine, so-- I'll let you decide whatever you think it is.

Yeah, this is the back, just in case you wanted to see it, but there isn't much to it, just gingham (?) fabric cut in random strips and sewed on then w/ zigzag.

So this is a close up of the face which has A LOT of stitching on it -- as in -- satin stitching, stitching on face, circles for cheeks, stitching on hair, stitching over hair (the hair is gray felt by the way) and then stitching on the blue fabric the buttons are on.

And this is the left side of the front... and the lighter purple looking wisps are actually blue netting stitched on so it gives it a different color.. and yeah there was a lot of stitching on this too.

So I pretty just went crazy with stitching and thread and etc. and this is how it turned out! I hope you like it!  oh-- and I'm sorry the pictures were so big, they didn't look that big when I was re-sizing them.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / silky teal skirt... TUTORIAL ADDED on: September 19, 2005 05:47:59 PM
hey guys! yeah... i'm really proud of this skirt... so i hope you like it.  i got the inspiration from and anthropologie skirt... and made my own pattern.... here are all the pics (there are a lot)


skirt itself

top of skirt (this took a REALLY long time to sew... and iron... etc.)

zipper... it's an invisible zipper... and that white ribbon is stuff ( i can't remember what it's called) is there so that the waist won't stretch out

me wearing the skirt : )

pattern pieces i used ( in case you were wondering)

happy crafting! <3

hey... at a request by dilip, i made a tutorial.  it has a lot of pictures because it's hard to explain without them so... sorry... here you go

1) make your pattern (3 pieces):  curve- the width is 2.5 inches all around, but for the length, i can't really explain, just make it plenty long... kay?     
         top of skirt- the top of this is the smallest part of your waist, or where you want the skirt to fall divided by two (front and back) plus an inch for seams (assuming there are 2 half inch seams on each side of skirt).  the bottom of the 'top of skirt' piece is half of the widest part of your hips (butt) plus an inch for seams.  the distance btwn the top and bottom is about 9 inches.
         panel-the top is the measurement for the bottom of the 'top of skirt' piece divided by five (five panels) plus a half inch for seams (assuming there are 2 quarter inch seams on each side of panel). the bottom of the panel is the width of the top plus 3 inches. the distance between the two is 19 inches.

2)start on the top by cutting out a few curves
(NOTE: you can make the front and back pieces at the same time... i just show it making one, but you can make 2 at the same time and not have to make one completely and then make the other.. if you understand what i'm saying...)

3) sew the first two together side by side (i hope you can figure out how i sewed this because i forgot to take a pic)... an here is a pic of it after sewing...

4)lay out how you want the next curve to look (make sure it is on the side where it would be touching both curves at once)... this helps me to visualize how to pin it... it may not help you

now flip it over...

and pin it now... yeah it looks weird... but just deal!

5)sew it baby!!  i used a 1/4th inch seam... i don't know how it would work with one larger than that...

6)iron it!! and you darn better iron it because it will look like crap if you don't. iron the seams open, and if you want to clip the curves you can... but i don't know if it's neccessary...

and this is what it looks like flipped over now...

7)sew another few curves on... and when you're ready place it on your top of skirt pattern and trim the excess...

8)and after you've sewn on a few more and cut a little more it will look like this...

9)now cut out 10 panels, and make 2 sets of 5 sewn together (1 set=back and 1 set=front)

10) iron under 1/4 inch the bottom of the top piece you made with the curves

11) place the top piece on the skirt bottom (the bottom may be wider w/ some excess fabric on sides) and pin it down

12)zig zag stitch the top onto the bottom

13) you now have 2 pieces for front and back... and all you have to do is put in zipper, sew sides together , make waist, and hem the bottom.

14) VOILA!! your beautiful skirt people won't believe you made!

happy crafting! <3

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / black and pink zippered purse on: January 18, 2005 02:22:45 PM
I had a long three day weekend (i love u martin luther king jr.) and decided i was going to make a purse.  I got and inspiration from this craftster post and made my own pattern from a pink aeropostale bag (shown below) i got for christmas from a friend.  I was really exited because i haven't made a purse in about a month, and i had never sucessfully made a purse with a zipper before-but i got it done and i think it turned out pretty well.  the fabric i used was black denim (i think) for the outside and pink satin-ney stuff for the inside. the pattern i made had three main parts- the front, the side, and the bottom.  i sewed some zig zag lines on the two fronts (if that makes sense). i did all of the lines black except for one pink line in the middle, and then i added some pink buttons and a gold button to match with the zipper on one side.  i also added a pocket on the side which would be perfect for a cell phone (if i had one). I think in total it took me about six or seven hours-which i think is a long time for a purse- but it was worth it!

and the pics:
the pink purse i made my pattern from

the actual purse i made (yay!)

close up of the buttons, and all the buttons are hot pink, not orangey or white or light pink-the camera's lighting was bad

close up of the stitching - this actually took me a loooong time

side pocket

the inside (its soo soft and silky satiny)

the handle: i put a pink stitch on this too (i thought it looked pretty)

To give it stability i used batting on the outside fabric and interfacing on the inside fabric.  i thought about selling my purse, but i spent too much time on it and was attached to it, plus i messed up a bit on the zipper and i don't think it looks good enough to sell.

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Green and black pleated purse on: December 17, 2004 06:46:17 AM
I think that my favorite new thing to do with purses is to pleat them.  I think that i like the shape it gives the purses- that gradually curving up look.  I got my idea for this purse on plainmabel.com, but mine turned out different that theirs.  It took a lot of measuring and testing to try to get it to look how I wanted it to, and I think it turned out pretty good.  If you want the pattern i can give you the dimensions of the pattern i made up.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / patchwork belt on: November 18, 2004 05:13:12 PM
a couple of months ago i got really crafty and inspired and decided to make a belt. i kind of made it up as i went along, but here's what it basically is:  i cut strips of fabric to make the 'patches' and sewed them together until it was alot longer than the length of my waist, then i cut some poster board and decided that that would make it stiff enough for a belt, which it sort of did, then i taped the fabric on the poster board with masking tape (one of my more genius ideas) and i think i pinned it. then i did some stitching on it like i did on this.  i cut the belt buckle off one of my mom's old belts and punched holes in it with a hole puncher to make it adjustable (not one of my more genius ideas).  the holes look really crappy, so i did some satin(?) stitching around one of them, but that didn't look too good either.  The outcome was okay, but i got some very important tips for when or if i make another belt, and i hope it inspires you to make something better.

ha! that's me wearing the belt with by brown pants on



close-up of the crappy holes at the end of the belt

the back with the masking tape Smiley

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / wire and bead intertwined bracelets on: October 31, 2004 01:00:31 PM
Here are some pics of bracelets i made using bendable wire.  

this one has flowers on it, but you can't really tell

for this i simply put a hole in the barbie shoe with a hot needle

i put red beads and buttons on this one...

this is made from some green beads i got on my birthday

I think i used 5 or 6 strings of wire to thread through the beads, except the red one, where i only used 3.  If you can't tell by the pictures how to thread through the beads, i can tell you.  I hope you like them!

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse with free motion stitching (swirls) on: October 21, 2004 02:02:39 PM
I finally got my digital camera to work... so i am posting this purse.  I made it by getting to rectangular pieces of swirly fabric and pleating (?) them at the top so that it is narrow at the top and gets wider as it goes down.  then i put batting on it, and did free motion stitching all over it, which is basically making a swirling stitch where you try not to cross over a line you have already made.  i added the green fabric at the top because it was too small.  the handles are plastic black handles i got from Wal-Mart that i attached with little loops of the green fabric.  I have made lots of other purses, so i'm not a beginner sewer, but this is my first picture post. I hope you like it

here is a close-up of the stitching


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